Wishin' and Hopin' by Wally Lamb

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Lightweight holiday fare in the entirely predictable subgenre of What Else Can Go Wrong at the Christmas Pageant...Flimsy and barely entertaining.
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Wally Lamb, the beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hour I First Believed, I Know This Much Is True, and She’s Come Undone, delivers a holiday treat with Wishin’ and Hopin’—an unforgettable novella that captures the warmth and joy of the holiday season. Poignant and hilarious, in a vein similar to Jean Shepherd’s A Christmas Story and David Sedaris’s The Santaland Diaries, Lamb’s Christmas tale focuses on a feisty parochial school fifth grader named Felix Funicello—a distant cousin of the iconic Annette!
 

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Wally Lamb is the author of four previous novels, including the New York Times and national bestseller, The Hour I First Believed and Wishin' and Hopin', a bestselling novella. His first two works of fiction, She's Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True, were both number one New York Times bestsellers and selections of Oprah's Book Club. He is the editor of Couldn't Keep It To Myself and I'll Fly Away, two volumes of essays from students in his writing workshop at York Correctional Institution, a women's prison in Connecticut, where he has been a volunteer facilitator for fifteen years. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, Christine. The Lambs are the parents of three sons.
 
Published October 21, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 226 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on May 20 2010

Lightweight holiday fare in the entirely predictable subgenre of What Else Can Go Wrong at the Christmas Pageant...Flimsy and barely entertaining.

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